The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has begun an investigation into an elder care facility after an employee was accused of taking video on her cell phone of a patient getting into the shower, then posting it online.
An anonymous tipster reported the video to the local media, which then informed the police department. The video, which was reportedly recorded at Vista’s LifeHOUSE Healthcare Center, was originally posted on Snapchat and showed an employee laughing at a partially nude woman getting into a shower. The tipster took a screenshot of the video and sent it to the news station.
The employee who allegedly took the video, along the employee shown laughing in the video, have both been suspended and could potentially face computer crime and elder abuse-related criminal charges. The executive director of the facility confronted the employee who allegedly posted the video, and the worker confirmed she had been helping an elderly woman with dementia take a shower at the time. However, she denied taking any photos or video.
The problem with Snapchat video
Proving the allegations will be a challenge, as photos and videos on Snapchat are deleted within 24 hours after posting. The employee in question also reportedly deleted her Snapchat account as soon as the allegations became public.
This is just the latest trouble for LifeHOUSE, which has a below average rating of two out of five stars and a total of 19 health deficiencies, according to the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. The statewide average of deficiencies is 10.5 and the national average is 6.8.
If you believe your loved one is suffering from elder abuse or neglect, contact a skilled San Diego injury lawyer with Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire right away.